Meet the Staff

We're the librarians, activists, hackers, teachers, designers, and privacy wonks behind the Library Freedom Project

Alison Macrina

Founder & Executive Director

Along with founding the Library Freedom Project, Alison is a librarian, internet activist, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Passionate about surveillance and it’s connection to global injustice, Alison works to demystify privacy and security topics for ordinary users.


Kade Crockford

Policy & Research

Kade is the Director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Their blog- Privacy Matters– has appeared in Truthout, the Nation, the Guardian, and the Boston Globe. In addition to writing and speaking on surveillance topics, Kade is the LFP’s in-house policy expert on issues regarding policing and technology.


Kevin Gallagher

Engineering Advisor

Kevin is a writer, activist, and Linux sysadmin focused on privacy, security, and the freedom of information. He’s the Director of Free Barrett Brown; a legal defense fund for a jailed journalist. He also hacks on the Transparency Toolkit, an org tracking surveillance and human rights abuses and regularly contributes to Zcash, a privacy-centric cryptocurrency.


Tess Wilson

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Tess Wilson is a Kansan who moved to Pennsylvania to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing and an MLIS with an emphasis on Youth Services. Currently, she works in the Job & Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which connects job-seekers of all ages with skill-building resources, engaging workshops, and community conversations.

She is passionate about issues of intellectual freedom, data rights, and online privacy. To that end, she conducted research with the Youth Data Literacy Project, served as a Civic Information Services intern for the Beyond Big Data grant, and continues to be a regular contributor for the ALA’s YALSA and OIF blogs.

In her own words: “What excites me most about LFI is the opportunity to meet other advocates, and to find new ways to engage youth in important conversations surrounding data rights and privacy.”

  • “DHS (Department of Homeland Security) fought to stop libraries from using privacy technology, but @LibraryFreedom beat them. Librarians are badass.”
    Edward Snowden
    Board Chairman, Freedom of the Press Foundation